9.4 EMANUEL SWEDENBORG
By all accounts one of the most
learned and remarkable men of his time, Emanuel
Swedenborg was a scientist and philosopher who lived
from 1688 – 1772.
For the first part of his life he was a rather
unreligious man. His
secular accomplishment were staggering. He was well learned, having been educated in London and
a time he was a pupil of Isaac Newton.
At 26 he returned to his native Sweden with a
plethora of ideas and sketches for all manner of
these were plans for mining machinery, a submarine, and
even an airplane, which was successfully flown for a few
But when Swedenborg was fifty-six
he had a life changing vision.
He communed with angels and was given visions of
the true nature of the universe. He was show Heaven, Hell, and introduced to many of the
He devoted the remainder of his life writing
about angels and their unseen world.
He did much to further mankind's understanding of
Unfortunately, as is the case with
many visions, some of the interpretations Swedenborg
drew from them were faulty.
He was convinced angels were merely children of
clay who had died and, as he put it, "returned to
the original source".
In spite of this misconceptions, he was one of
the first people to truly believe angels were flawed
creatures and not beings of perfect goodness.
It is a shame that his works remain unknown by all but the most learned angelologists.